Haruki Murakami “Music that brings out a little energy, music that softens the heart even a little” is delivered from the home study emergency special edition “Murakami RADIO” on-air

Tokyo FM’s emergency special program “Murakami RADIO Stay Home Special : Music for Bright Tomorrow” was broadcast on Friday, May 22, in which the writer Haruki Murakami works as a disc jockey.

This program, which will be an emergency special edition of the “Murakami RADIO” series, is a plan that stood up in response to Murakami’s thoughts, “If i could blow away even the harsh situation and painful feelings surrounding the new coronavirus with the power of music.” Over the course of about two hours, we introduced the songs murakami-san had chosen and messages from listeners. In this article, i will introduce the comments from Murakami and the summary that was talked about about the first three songs.

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Good evening, Haruki Murakami.

Murakami RADIO, i usually do it at a pace once every two months, but today I get a temporary frame and i’ll send you a special edition of two hours. Today’s theme is music to welcome bright tomorrow. I want to blow away the melancholy feeling related to corona which accumulates with the power of music even a little by the power of music.

Today I’m sending it from my study instay home, not in my usual TOKYO FM studio. I’m the only one, but Mr. Nekoyama is helping me a little bit by my side.

In this situation, I think that you are also subjected to various restrictions and have lived inconvenient lives. It’s hard to meet people you want to meet, you can’t go where you want to go, you can’t do what you want to do. For such people, I chose music in my own way that would give me a little bit of energy and a little harmony of my heart. I’m not really sure if I’ll be able to cheer up that well, but I’ll try my best. Today, i play music with the players I usually use, not the equipment of the broadcasting station. So the sound may be a little different from usual.

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◆The Modern Folk Quartet “LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING”

First, the modern folk quartet look for the SILVER LINING. “Every cloud has a silver lining.” The lining is the lining of the clothes, isn’t it? No matter how hard the situation is, there is always a bright back side there. Let’s believe in tomorrow. It is such a positive song. Chet Baker’s songs are famous, but today you can listen to the songs of the Modern Folk Quartet.

The Modern Folk Quartet was originally formed in the 1960s with folk songs at the heart of its repertoire, but later it began to feature music from many other genres. It is a wonderful harmony. You should also try to find a silver lining.

◆Bruce Springsteen “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”

“Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” is one of bruce springsteen’s album “The Rising” released shortly after the 9.11 incident in 2001.

One of the People in New York i know said, “I was very emotionally helped by this album.” That’s what music has. This “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” is also a music that resonates with you.

◆Isley Meets Bacharach “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”

Next, I often listen to “even if I get wet in the rain”. Today, we’ll listen to the rare face-to-face meeting between The Isley Brothers’ lead singer Ronald Isley and composer Bart Bakalak.

“I’m never going to stop the rain by complaining.” I like these lyrics quite a bit.
“No matter how many complaints you’ve made, it won’t stop raining.”
That’s true. Let’s walk firmly up.

In the world these days, the tendency to wear black and white immediately because anything is good is strong. Especially in the world of the Internet, it is better to say here and there or here in a strong tone, and something like that is done. It’s cheeky, but I don’t like that very much. It is human beings who go and wonder whether it is black or white, and it is the original role of music and novels to draw or heal their appearance with compassion. When I listen to such wonderful music, I realize it again.

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Program Name: Murakami RADIO Stay Home Special – Music to greet a bright tomorrow
Broadcast date and time: Friday, May 22, 2020, 22:00-22:55 (PART1), 23:00-23:55 (PART2)
Broadcasting station: TOKYO FM/JFN 38 stations full net
Personality: Haruki Murakami
Program website https://www.tfm.co.jp/murakamiradio/